Ok, let's be bluntly honest, the one and only reason that I pulled this book off it's shelf and hurried off to purchase it, was because gleaming off the front cover, gorgeous as ever, was Daniel Radcliffe!
I know it is shallow, and I certainly know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but come on, I can't help it if I have been 'in love' with the teen actor ever since he first swish and flicked his wand and uttered the words winguardian leriuosar!
Away when I first settled down the read the book, I was utterly confused, I couldn't work at which was DanRad (as I like to call him). After a quick Google, it came clear that he was Maps- and Maps came to be my favorite character.
The book itself follows five orphan boys, Maps, Choker, Spark, Misty and Fido as they are let loose from their orphanage convent for a nine week holiday by the Pacific. As the holiday goes on, the narrator (Choker) stumbles upon a secret that could change one of the boys lives forever. It calls everything they thought they knew about themselves and each other into question, and could conclude in tearing their friendship apart.
We meet them as boys, but nine weeks later leave them as men. It is a book about love and change, showing that family can be found in many shapes and forms.
Yes, it is a far cry from J K Rowling, but once you have got over the fact that everyone in the entire novel has a strange unexplained nickname, it is...refreshing. but if all else fails, at least you can have a sneak peak of Daniel on the front cover, every so often.